Welsh Council Executive Committee

Chris Hodgson 

Chris Hodgson
Chair - Interim

Chris is a committed walker, walking in all parts of Wales and covering more than 1000 miles every year. His walking has led him to take a great interest in the condition of our paths, and in their improvement, and in encouraging other people to experience the joy of walking. Chris feels the Ramblers is the organisation to achieve these things. His work as Treasurer of Ceredigion Area and Membership Manager of the Aberystwyth Group gives him a good insight into two important areas of the work of the Ramblers. After serving for three years on the Welsh Council Executive Committee he feels there is still much to do and his contributions to the Committee can help Ramblers Cymru further enhance itself as an organisation working for walkers.

 

Gwyn Lewis

Gwyn Lewis
Vice Chair

Since joining the Ramblers 10 years ago Gwyn has been active at a local, area and national level. He is a Ramblers Officer and Footpath Officer for Cardiff Ramblers, Area Footpath Secretary and Area Membership Secretary for Glamorgan Ramblers and an ex-Chair of the Welsh Council Executive Committee.

 

John Cook 

John Cook
Treasurer

John retired from the Water Industry after 38 years working as an accountant in the UK and overseas. John and his wife and are now living in the town of his birth, Llanelli. After numerous marathons by them both they are now taking life a little easier; Eva is learning Welsh whilst he works on their allotment.

He is currently Chairman of Llanelli Ramblers, Treasurer of Carmarthenshire Area as well as Treasurer of the Welsh Council Executive Committee.

 

Diane Davies 

Diane Davies
Secretary

Diane has been Secretary of the Cardiff Group since 2000, having previously been Treasurer. In addition, she has been editor of the annual Glamorgan Rambler since 2006. She was co-opted onto WCEC after the 2011 WCEC meeting. She sees the core aims as important, that is, firstly, improving and expanding both the path network and access and, secondly, preserving the beauty of the countryside for the enjoyment of walking.

 

Max Grant 

Max Grant
Member

Max spent 24 years volunteering with the Scouts in Surrey before moving to Yorkshire where he became Area Footpath Secretary for West Riding Ramblers. He retired as a Civil Engineer to Wales in 2005, where he is now Area Secretary and Access Officer for North Wales Ramblers and a member of the Welsh Council Executive Committee. He also volunteers with the Snowdonia Society. 

George Allingham

Member

Roger Fisher

Member

Maggie Thomas

Member

 Denis McAteer

Denis McAteer
President

A long-standing member, Denis is Chair of the Caernarfon & Dwyfor Group and was previously Chair of the North Wales Area and Ramblers Cymru. During a very varied career he has been the Principal of a Further Education college, the Vice-Chairman of a Local Health Board and a member of the Snowdonia National Park Authority. He is a Welsh speaker and having undergone heart surgery as a youngster he has walked as a way of both getting fit after surgery and maintaining his fitness. Needless to say he is particularly interested in the health benefits of walking and of ensuring that the footpaths of Wales are fit for purpose for the benefit of both local communities and visitors.

 

Jane Davidson

Jane Davidson
Vice President

Jane was Minister for Environment and Sustainability for Wales from 2007-2011, where she was responsible for the Welsh Government agreeing to make sustainable development its central organising principle.

She is passionate about the environment and resource efficiency and has been given a number of accolades for her work. She is a former teacher and youth worker, She was also Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills who was responsible for developing the Welsh Baccalaureate in Wales, Foundation Phase, statutory school councils, Children and Young People’s Assembly (Funky Dragon) and Assembly Learning Grants. She lives on a smallholding in west Wales and she walked the Wales Coast Path from Cardiff to her home in 2011.

 

Vernon Davies

James Vernon Davies  
Vice President

Vernon has been Chairman of Swansea Ramblers for almost ten years and served for a number of years on Welsh Council. He has spent a lifetime campaigning for improvements in all aspects of public life and recently was actively involved in the fight against proposals for a wind farm on Mynydd Y Gwair. He is a champion for improvements to the Rights of Way network for the enjoyment of our members and the general public.

 

Richard Lloyd Jones

Sir Richard Lloyd Jones
Vice President

Richard stepped down as President of Ramblers Cymru in 2011. He had been President since 1993 and he also celebrated 30 years of membership of the Ramblers in 2011. He was Permanent Secretary, Welsh Office, 1985–93 and Chairman, Arts Council of Wales, 1994–99

  

Huw Irranca Davies 

Huw Irranca-Davies
Vice President

Huw has previously worked in private sector management and he returned to education as a lecturer at Swansea Institute of Higher Education. He became an MP in 2002, representing the proud constituency of Ogmore. On 29 June 2007, He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, before being promoted to the role of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is also President of the Glamorgan Area Ramblers.

Ron Williams 

Ron Williams
Vice President

Ron lives in Holywell and is a keen countryside walker. He is a member of the Denbighshire Local Access Forum and of the Clwydian Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Joint Advisory Committee. He is a retired economics teacher and sings in a male voice choir.